Toby Johnston USA. I grew up in Los Angeles the 80’s, rabid fan of all things rap. I am white and for many of my friends (Mexican, black, white, lower/middle/upper class, whatever) rap was the music of rebellion. I got called ‘wigger’ by my white(r) friends and heard a lot of hate spewed. And yet […]
Desiree’ Parker, Sacramento, CA. In a room full of black people I am comfortable, in a room full of white people I am comfortable, in a room full of mixed races I am comfortable. I act “black”, but I have no reason to hate them just as they have no reason to hate me. We […]
Daniel Schram Boise, ID I live in a part of the country that even today has less than 1% black people in it. I’m a 60+ year old white man who grew up with many hispanic and asian kids. But, until a attended an exhibition basketball game in a nearby city at the age of […]
Canary Lee Burton, Wellfleet, MA. It’s hard to read to hard core hate messages, hopefully they will stay around long enough to learn something.
Ron Boose, Atlanta, GA. It wasn’t until 33 years after the first television was invented in 1927 that a black actor and actress were seen on television.
Michael, Dallas, TX. I went to an all black school where I was 1 of 20 or less white kids. I was beat up, chased home every day, picked on and called white trash. I was bullied to the point of finally dropped out, and decided to get a GED.
Donna Alcindor, United Kingdom. I asked the sales assistant the price of something in a department store. She was also black. First came the look of surprise when she heard my accent. Next came these words.
Marie Adams, Lilburn, GA.
David Norwood, USA. (Not sure what the rule is on contractions 🙂 I first realized I wasn’t afraid of black people when I was in grad school in Denton TX. A friend and I had just been out at the clubs and were finishing the evening at Whataburger, as was typical in that place and […]
Andrew Kim, Suwanee, GA. Just being honest.
Nataly Morales, Austin, TX.
Gabriela Swain, Ionia, MI. I was raised in a predominantly White/Hispanic town in mid-Michigan. What few colored people that did live in my zip code I never interacted with because they were locked up in one of our correctional facilities. After going to a community college in Grand Rapids I had to face a lot […]
Taylor Valdosta, GA Systematic racism exits and is targeted towards blacks. It’s in the government and in schools, Its always and will always continue to be that way in this country. American is not for blacks! Whites don’t want us here but we are here and we have put more work into building the country […]
New york City, NY Submitted via Twitter: @junecross
Julian Henderson Holland, MI
Jann Patterson Hayden, ID The major bad things that have happened to me were because of black people. I was mugged by a group of black teens and my son had a gun held to his head at work by a pair of black thieves. I am afraid of black people that I don’t know […]
Tim McMurphy Fresno, CA Does that make me racist?
Charles, USA. It may sound racist, but I think that the black community keeps itself in a constant state of disadvantage. People can blame the “war on drugs” or being less privileged, but I think that the black community encourages being lower on the totem pole. Take rap music for example; drugs, violence, and lack […]
Alexis S Atlanta, GA As we stepped on to the elevator accompanying a father and his two girls. She said “Look daddy black people”, and he turned redder than a ripe tomato and said, “That’s right honey, yellow, tan, gold, and brown people.” It was shocking to my family in hers, the fact that she […]
Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington Winfield, IL So many gifted black people identified as such before affirmative action was even a notion have been denied the “equal” opportunity to achieve or advance because they were perceived as either a threat or not needy enough. This is particularly true in institutions of higher education … where the […]
John Daws Tucson, AZ I learned this years ago from an elderly black woman in a coffee shop in Manhattan. She said, “For black people, everything is about race. For white people, nothing is about race.” Those contradictory yet complementary thoughts have served me well since then.
Joslynn Poole USA There is little solidarity amongst black people. For example gang violence, red against blue, light skins vs dark skins. I could care less about another persons race or ethnicity. I just want my own people to figure out how to do better.
John Richmond, VA Why can black people say “there are too many white people around here” and people laugh it off but if i said “there are too many black people around here” I would be a racist?
Rah-Maat Ali Grand Rapids, MI Being that a large group of black people never unjustly attacked white people for being white, why are you so afraid of us? Is it a guilty conscious?
Carlton Yearwood, Arlington, VA. Why the killing, why the hate, why the rape and tears…why, why, why? If we cannot love and respect one another, why should anyone be willing to offer a supporting hand?
Cynthia Cahoon Moyock, NC In 1970, I was a junior in high school and new to that school. As a member of the drama team, I made friends with Julia and Carlton and friends ere few and far between when you’re new. Since I had a car, after school and before drama practice, I would […]
Don Pittsburgh, PA Stated in spring of 1963 by negro at the time with no agitation or explanation. As a white person I thought comment strange not knowing the future implications to follow. Strange that statement has stayed in my conscience all these years. Always felt comfortable among black people.
P. Davidson USA In the White Middle Class world, it is absolutely taboo to mention that someone is Black. Only as a last, desperate resort can you even think of mentioning it. This results in a lot of conversations like the following: “While you’re on your way, can you drop this folder off to Sherri?” […]
Elizabeth Ragad, Covington, LA. I’m so tired of Black people pulling the race card when things aren’t going there way. And YES there are racist Black people too! It’s NOT just a “White Thing”. White people do not hold a monopoly on racism. All races have good, bad, rich, poor, kind, cruel, loving, hateful, selfless […]
Deborah Sanders New York, NY Racism has become so deeply ingrained in our culture that we are often only able to recognize the most obvious aggressions. Even when we do recognize it, we often feel helpless to resist its powerful grip on our psyche. I think that much of the obstacles to achieving a post-racial […]
David Monestero Upland, CA I do not consider myself a racist person. I go through my day to day feeling like everyone is created equil no matter what. I think anyone that walks around with a constant chip on their shoulder feeling like the whole world owes them something will always have issues that are […]
Brendan Uhl Sioux City, UT
Robynn T. Pleasant Hill, CA I’m so sick of these questions: “Why are black people so _____?”; “Why do black people do _____?”; “Why do black people act like that all of the time?” Sorry to break it to you America, but black people can be individuals also. I don’t know why one person acts […]
Sayeeda Brooklyn, NY On a predominately white college campus in the late 80’s early 90’s I was often the only African Caribbean person in a class. Anytime issues around African Americans, Caribbean people or Africans came up all heads turned, to me as if I were an expert or authority. My classmates didn’t know this […]
Carolyn Lynchburg, VA I have met more black people who hated other races and were very open with it, but maybe white people just don’t admit to racism as openly. I always believed in MLK’s dream and the utopian vision of the star trek series. I was very surprised when I got bussed to an […]
Yvonne Michigan Black people have really bad stereotypes that’s why I don’t claim black , but I don’t claim Hispanic either, they have there stereo- types as well. Ghetto Hoodlums Mean Scary Constant fights Gang bangs Workers Farmers A lot of kids No husband Poor When people look at me the first thing they see […]
Gary Submitted via: NPR’s Talk of the Nation As a police officer most black people talk to me like they want to fight before I even talk to them. They know nothing about me. My Latino partner is always called Uncle Tom. I give respect when I get respect. Why do so many blacks hate […]
Juluis Youngerford, Atlanta, GA. Nobody can tell the truth about race, that is, what they think about their own race or other races, because nobody makes nice distinctions between race and class, or between the different types of racial prejudice and hatred, so they can’t say just what they don’t like about others, and they […]